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Louie Bellson to be Honored at Temecula Valley International Jazz Festival Print E-mail
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Friday, 04 May 2007
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Louie Bellson
The Temecula Valley International Jazz Festival has selected legendary Jazz drummer Louie Bellson as one of this years recipients of the annual Congressional Lifetime Achievement Award certificates July 14 along with this year’s festival headliner Monty Alexander. Past recipients include: Horace Silver, Sammy Nestico, Ernie Andrews, Richie Cole and Dick Berk.

Referred to by jazz critic Leonard Feather as "one of the most phenomenal drummers in history," Louie Bellson has expressed himself on drums since age three. At 15, he pioneered the double bass drum set-up. At 17, he triumphed over 40,000 drummers to win the Gene Krupa drumming contest. Louie has performed on more than 200 albums, with such greats as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, Woody Herman, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, Louie Armstrong, Lionel Hampton, James Brown, Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Joe Williams, Wayne Newton, and Bellson's late wife, Pearl Bailey.

"His ability to cover the whole musical spectrum, from an elite percussionist to a very gifted composer and arranger, never ceases to amaze me. I consider him one of the musical giants of our age." - Oscar Peterson

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Celebrating Women in Jazz: The Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival, May 10-12 Print E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Wednesday, 02 May 2007

"If we are to make progress in modern music, we must be willing and able to open our minds to new ideas and developments." --Mary Lou Williams

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Jane Ira Bloom by Susan Cook

Celebrating the spirit of the “First Lady of Jazz Piano,” the 12th annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival will showcase some of the finest jazz artists on the planet, May 10-12 at Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Williams, who composed for Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington, performed with sax legends Ben Webster and Lester Young, and mentored such luminaries as Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell, has been a source of inspiration to several generations of young women seeking careers in jazz as performers, composers, arrangers, and educators. Notes Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor for Jazz, Dr. Billy Taylor, “From May 10–12, I invite you to open your minds, ears, and hearts to three days of remarkable music by more of the greatest musicians playing jazz today. Their sounds are wonderfully unique: big band bravado, soulful ballads, really cool blues, and so much more! Like Mary Lou Williams, they keep propelling us forward –Straight Ahead!”

Highlights of this year’s three-day festival include performances by Lynne Arriale, Flora Purim, Hiromi, and the IAJE Sisters in Jazz Collegiate All-Star Band, as well as the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Award presentation to Jane Ira Bloom, the finals of the third Mary Lou Williams Jazz Pianist Competition, and festival jam session.

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300 artists in nearly 200 concerts at the 2007 JVC Jazz Festival New York, June 17 - 30 Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 24 April 2007
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Ron Carter
Tickets are on sale now for the 2007 JVC Jazz Festival - New Yor, which takes place June 17 - 30 with more than 300 artists in nearly 200 concerts and events (including clubs) at 28 venues in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and reaching as far as Philadelphia.

Festival highlights include 80th birthday celebrations for Eartha Kitt and Lee Konitz ... 70th birthday festivities for Ron Carter and Nancy Wilson ... the return of soul diva Patti LaBelle and the barefoot diva Cesaria Evora ... salutes to Benny Carter, Ruby Braff, Jimmy McPartland and jazz maven Phoebe Jacobs ... a double dose of hot new talent with India.Arie and Lizz Wright ... a unique concert pairing with Branford Marsalis and Joshua Redman at The Town Hall ... and six free concerts at Macy's across New York City and Philadelphia.
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The Legacy of Newport '57 Revisited: at the 2007 Newport Jazz Festival Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 24 April 2007

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Dianne Reeves
George Wein and The Festival Network announced today that this year's JVC Jazz Festival-Newport will begin at 8:00 pm on Friday, August 10 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame with a unique program entitled, Newport '57 Revisited: The Legacy of Ella, Billie & Basie. Performing on Centre Court will be Dianne Reeves and her band and The Count Basie Orchestra with Special Guest Nnenna Freelon.

In 1957, the Newport Jazz Festival presented several of the greatest jazz divas on successive nights, with the tape recorders rolling the whole time. Shortly thereafter came the original LP, Ella Fitzgerald & Billie Holiday at Newport. And, when the Count Basie band walked onto the stage at Newport that same year, the very air was saturated with electricity. The nearly 8,000 fans in the audience could feel it, too-a sense of history in the making. Basie's set also went on record as the most exciting and hard-swinging performance of one extraordinary night.

Now, 50 years later, Festival Producer George Wein and Artistic Director Dan Melnick rekindle and celebrate that history by presenting the present day Basie Orchestra, led by long-time trombonist and Basie alum, Bill Hughes and two of the 21st Century's best jazz vocalists, Dianne Reeves and Nnenna Freelon. "One night this past fall, I was home listening to a reissue of one of the great 1957 recordings at Newport and then remembered there was an extensive collection of material recorded that year. It occurred to me that we should acknowledge the fiftieth anniversary of some of those sets at this year's festival," stated Melnick.

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Preview: Twin Cities Summer Jazz Festival, June 22-July 1 Print E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Thursday, 19 April 2007

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Kenny Garrett © Andrea Canter
Mark your calendars now for the year’s biggest jazz event in the Twin Cities. The 2007 Twin Cities Jazz Festival (formerly the Hot Summer Jazz Festival) is back with a more concentrated program to be celebrated on two consecutive weekends in the heart of each of our cities. Headliners this year include Kenny Garrett, Chuchito Valdes, Barbara Morrison and Charmaine Neville, along with perennial “house” pianist John Weber and Cuban dynamo Nachito Herrera. Festival attendees will also have a chance to hear 14-year old sax/vocal prodigy Grace Kelly (no relation!) and to catch up on the career of saxophonist Alex Han, who debuted at the festival two years ago at the ripe age of 17.

Once again, Mears Park in downtown St. Paul will host the kickoff weekend, from Friday evening June 22 and much of the day on Saturday, June 23rd. The line up (thus far) at Mears Park’s Summit Brewing Stage:

  • Kenny Garrett (Friday, June 22). One of the most influential jazz artists of his generation, alto/soprano sax monster Kenny Garrett has been a major force in jazz since his first appearances with the Jazz Messengers and Miles Davis twenty years ago. Sizzling with the release of his acclaimed Beyond the Wall, Garrett is always a big draw and hot show.

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Arturo Sandoval, Bebel Gilberto and Federico Aubele at the 7th JVC Jazz Festival - Miami May 17-19 Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 18 April 2007
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Arturo Sandoval © Andrea Canter

The seventh annual JVC Jazz Festival - Miami  takes place Thrusday, May 17 through Saturday, May 19, 2007 and will feature a diverse lineup of performers focusing on musical styles from South, Central and North America. As in years past, the 2007 JVC Jazz Festival Miami will present great music in venues throughout the Miami area, this year including the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts' Knight Concert Hall, the Van Dyke Café, The Arturo Sandoval Jazz Club and the North Beach Bandshell. This year's festival will be sure to provide something for everyone.

Saturday, May 19 at the Knight Concert Hall, The JVC Jazz Festival - Miami proudly presents Bebel Gilberto and Federico Aubele. This will be the debut performance for Brazil's Bebel Gilberto at the Hall, hot on the heels of her third CD release, Memento. Buenos Aries native, Federico Aubele, opens the night at 8pm. Tickets for this show are on sale now!
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